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Thursday, 26 July 1906


Mr THOMAS (Barrier) .Personally I am in favour of the motion, but I should like to move an amendment to it in the shape of the following addition: - "Also stating the time that any Commissioner has spent in going from or coming to a sitting." Such an addition, I think, would only be fair. For instance, some members of the Shipping Commission recently paid a visit to Western Australia. We were in that State ten days, and we were occupied four days upon the journey each way. It is only reasonable that that time should be included in the return asked for. It is not merely the actual attendance of Commissioners which should be taken into consideration. Whilst we were in Western Australia for ten days, we were not sitting every day. For example, we could not sit on Sunday. I presume that the religious ideas of the community would be rightly opposed to any such procedure, in addition to which we did not desire to work seven days a week. I would further point out that the Commissioners could not leave Western Australia until the departure of the boat. I think that the honorable member for New England desires to be fair to any honorable member who has served upon a Commission.


Mr Tudor - The amendment which the honorable member suggests can be added to paragraph 6.


Mr Lonsdale - I am prepared to accept the amendment.







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